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Need pricing suggestion for recently built system that my folks dont want

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Killer_Rubber_Ducky, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. Killer_Rubber_Ducky

    Killer_Rubber_Ducky

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    Hey guys,

    I just recently built an HTPC for my folks but they apparently cant use it. So, now i have to sell it. The problem is I do not know what is a reasonable price to ask. Here is the parts list:

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    Intel 2200BNHMWDTX1 PCI Express x1 Centrino Advanced-N 2200 for Desktop http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106136

    AMD A4-5300 Trinity 3.4GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113283

    ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M FM2 AMD A75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157334

    SanDisk ReadyCache SDSSDRC-032G-G26 2.5" 32GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171667

    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

    SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163174

    DVDRW SATA 3.5"


    The current OS is XBMCbuntu.

    The system runs fine my folks just did not like the interface or controlling it with keyboard or phone. I plan to take the proceeds and get them a PS3 slim. Hopefully have a little left over for myself since I built the thing and bought the parts.
     
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    Personally, considering the parts cost $307 to buy today, and they are current offerings, I'd list the computer at $310 OBO, and would go no lower than $260.
     
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    Is that the only reason why they didn't like it? You could just get a HTPC remote for it and eliminate the need for a keyboard if this is just for media and to be used as a HTPC. Just my 2¢. Personally, I don't like using a keyboard on HTPCs either, so I can't say that I blame them.
     
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    i could not afford one att. plus it had to be compatible with xbmc and linux. the used an android phone with the xbmc remote app. There was just a PEBKAC error I did not anticipate.

    I dont know where you did your math but even using multiple locations for best price minus taxes and shipping it comes out to ~390 USD just for parts. I just checked the prices. with shipping, ~393 USD
     
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    Opps, I missed the MB when putting the parts in my basket at newegg, my bad. But I'd still start by asking for what you paid for the parts and go from there.
     
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    why not run OpenElec? I use it on my HTPC and my old android phone interfaces quite well.

    http://openelec.tv/
     
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    I paid roughly 450 in parts originally.

    Well, The problem was not the OS. My folks were PEBKAC error prone. (PEBKAC - Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair)
     
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    Are you sure the PS3 would be better in that regard? Really don't know; I have about as much interest in consoles as I do in penises that are not my own.
     
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    That's funny. Install Win 8.1 and see where they get, lol j/k
     
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    Well, the way I see it, they were having problems connecting to the Media server to watch their movies and tv shows, and they had issues navigating using the remote software. If they use a PS3 solely for watching movies and tv shows from the server with the occasional DVD and BluRay disc, then I can get them the PS3 TV style remote control and hopefully call it a day. I also helped them wire the house with CAT5e and get a new router so hopefully their buffering and connection issues will go away.


    Ha! no touch screen and the whole point of the HTPC was to connect to the media server and be as simple to use as possible. I have tweaked the OS settings and interface so that as soon as you turn it on, it POSTs, then boots straight into XBMC. Unless I'm mistaken, Win8 would boot to Win8, then after a bit load XBMC if it is in the startup folder. After loading XBMC, the window may not be full screen so.......yeah.
     
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    I threw out 280$ due to it being used and the recent release of new CPUs
     
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    Ah you gave your rents ubuntu/linux, i don't blame them for not liking the interface lol, rather hard sometimes to get certain things to work if you haven't a clue what you're doing, which most don't with linux.

    As for selling, the only problem i see with things priced at the same price as brand new is there's no logical reason for someone NOT to buy from newegg or wherever. As estore's offer garantee's backed by reputation, so i'd be much less inclined to purchase from a person for the same price.

    Tho if you do sell for roughly the same price be sure to do your OBO like that :)
     
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    I see. So the PS3 remote is a lot cheaper than anything you could get for this HTPC?
     
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    You seem to misunderstand, I gave the xbmcbuntu. Not stock Ubuntu. My mother and father use Ubuntu on a daily basis on their laptops so the interface Ubuntu provides is not the issue.
    Also, I do not anticipate trying to sell for the price I paid in parts. Plus, the system has full manufacturer warranties as well. This is no HP/Del etc with 1 year warranties. I picked the parts and built it myself. I am an A+ certified tech, I have built many systems. I'm no cadaveca, but I build modest systems that have yet to fail. There have been build issues where an ordered part was DOA, but I have not trashed a system.

    Also, to answer your question Wriggly, yes the ps3 remote would have been the cheapest, reliable remote. Xbmc works flawlessly with a MS Media center remote but those routinely go to 100$.
     
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    I would try offering it for the price you got it for then lower it if need be later say about $50..

    I be interested for it but the power usage is going be way more than i like to see..


    Your option on a PS3 for who ? your parents hehe. come on. Get them a Roku 3 and if they need a DVD\bray player get a USB one for it just check it's compatible 1st.

    PS3 has barely any apps for it too were the ROKU 3 has frigging loads and take 3.2w to run even when running hi def movies were as the PS3 Slim has a 90w power usage.
     
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    The PS3 is solely connecting to a Media Server. The roku wont handle the MKV formats correctly....already looked into it. They have no internet so there is no Netflix etc. Just the setup for streaming in-house from media server PC to TVs. There are 3 TVs in-house. 1 is a Smart TV, the other 2 are not. Id rather get them a system that can smoothly connect to and stream from the Media server and it would be a bonus if it could play BluRays. They are not home often so they only would run the system maybe once or twice a week. The power draw really is not an issue.
     
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    You can get the remotes second had in great condition for $20-$25 from GS and even cheaper on ebay if you don't mind waiting.

    Well if i had known that :p..

    The SONY remote is real good to use just don't leave it around or the PS3 will get turned on by accident. There is a version 2 of it now don't know how good that one is but it has volume controls too.
     
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    bullseye!
     
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    $250 seems reasonable.

    to others, the OS is xbmcbuntu which means they only see xbmc. It being a Linux OS has nothing to do with whether they like the interface or not. Sounds like they just don't like using a remote device on a phone or keyboard. if it was xbmc on windows they would have the same problem. :nutkick: :slap: :nutkick: :pimp: :rockout:

    Ducky, you could always get them one of those cheapo bluetooth remotes if that board has it.
     
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    well, the main problem has been that Im strapped for cash so using anything but a cell phone with the xbmc remote software or a keyboard is out of the question. They also had issues getting the media to show up even after connecting to the Windows Shares. I had Tversity running as well but they did not work. I dont know what they did, but when ever I left them, it worked flawlessly. I would get a call a week later that they cant play their movies, I would drive 45 miles to look at it and when I turn it on, it works....PEBKAC. So, Im going for a simple system even though the one I built was fine. If anything, Id sell the system as a desktop computer minus of course the fact it only has a 32GB SSD. But, if I installed say, Linux Mint on it, unless the person loaded it with movies etc, they should be fine with 32GB. Plus External HDDs are good too. Ive thought about selling it on Ebay too. I wonder how much I could get for it on there?
     
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    your first problem is that you built a system for family members :roll:
     
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    true but I have built several for them in the past
     
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    Yeah guys he has already said these same people have used ACTUAL UBUNTU without too much issue. Who knew they would have so much trouble with XMBCbuntu...
     
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